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Kulcher's Walkoff Gives Baseball Twinbill Split With Blazers

Kulcher's Walkoff Gives Baseball Twinbill Split With Blazers

THE BASICS
Game 1 Final Score:
Elms College 5, Dean College 3
Game 2 Final Score: Dean College 4, Elms College 3
Records: Elms College (7-18, 3-6 NECC), Dean College (8-19-1, 4-7 NECC)
Location: Longley Field, Franklin, Mass.
Date: Saturday, April 14, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM

THE LEAD:
Will Kulcher
(Crown Point, Ind.) delivered a walkoff win for Dean College with his eighth inning single, salvaging the final game of a three-game series with Elms College in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) baseball action on Saturday afternoon.

The two teams, who played a thrilling single game on Friday night which the Blazers rallied to win, split the two games Saturday with Elms getting the opener, 5-3 and the Bulldogs getting the 4-3 nightcap victory on Kulcher's game-ending hit.

HOW IT HAPPENED:
In the afternoon's first game, Thomas Owens tossed a complete game, five-hitter while striking out seven for the Blazers, who also got two hits and three RBI from Thomas Slane.

Elms took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first with an unearned run then added another in the fifth when Ben Ross scored on a fielding error.

Now in front 3-0, Slane brought another run in on a double and then Nathan Ayala singled to center, bringing home Slane. Finally, Slane pushed yet another run home with his single to center.

Dean actually rallied to make it interesting at the end. Ben Chajet (Hillsboro Beach, Fla.) roped a two-run single to center in the bottom of the seventh and then a Matt Callahan (Attleboro, Mass.) registered an RBI single but an unorthodox double play ended any hope of a comeback.

Jose Quiroz (Bell Gardens, Fla.) took the loss for the Bulldogs, allowing the 11 hits but only one of his five runs allowed were earned.

The nightcap was another close contest between the two teams and once again the Blazers struck first blood with a run in the first, which was aided by a Bulldog error.

Dean took the lead in the fifth when Brian Hadden (Newburyport, Mass.) smacked a double that chased home Vincent Buonaiuto (Danbury, Conn.). Hadden would eventually score on an error, giving the Bulldogs a 2-1 lead.

The lead ballooned to 3-1 win after Corey Karnilla singled, moved to second on a wild pitch then Ben Chajet () brought him home with a single of his own.

Elms didn't go away and they eventually evened the game with RBI singles from Slane and Kevin Banas.

Now tied at 3-3 heading into the bottom of the eighth, Chajet led off with a single and was sacrificed to second. An infield single from Buonaiuto put runners on the corners, setting the stage for Kulcher who delivered the game-winning hit.

Not to be missed, was the play of Gaten Davis (Anchorage, Alaska), who tossed all eight innings, allowing just three earned runs while striking out five to collect his first collegiate victory.

UP NEXT:
Dean will be back in action on Tuesday when they host Amherst College at 3:30 p.m.